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Soundproofer Dover Kent (CT16): If your home in Dover is being adversely affected by noise, maybe you should consider installing or upgrading your soundproofing to bring a new sense of tranquility to your bedroom, studio, lounge or home office. Conversely you might wish to soundproof a room to keep load noises in, for example in a family room or home cinema, to avoid disturbing others. In any event, soundproofing is vital for peace of mind and sanity.

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It's crucial for us to understand how sound travels around an area before it's possible to discover techniques to prevent it from occurring.

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Sound is able to travel in two different ways:

1. Through the vibration of objects or materials.

2. In open spaces by movement of air.

As dolphin and whale song demonstrates, sound also travels long distances through water, however unless your aim is to soundproof an aquarium or swimming pool we'll look only at the strategies for soundproofing buildings and rooms.

SOUND TRAVELLING THROUGH THE AIR

Any open ducting, ill fitting windows, gaps around doors and even electrical sockets and light fittings can all affect the transmission of sound outside or into a room. What we hear as sound is basically air molucules being vibrated and reaching our ear drums. All sounds travel through the air in the same fashion; it doesn't matter if it's busy traffic, heavy machinery, kids playing, music or aeroplanes that creates the sound.

If you try and visualise your room as if it were a bucket, and you are attempting to identify any leaks that need sealing before you fill it up with water.

SOUND TRAVEL THROUGH OBJECTS AND STRUCTURES

We know that sound is merely the vibration of air reaching the ear, but that vibration is also reflected by or transferred to solid objects. The walls, ceilings and floors will all have an effect on how sound moves around a room, and can even transmit that vibration to other rooms in a dwelling. Care has to be taken with brick or solid concrete walls, such as a cellar or basement, as sound can be reflected and sometimes even amplified to other rooms in your house.

So, what's the easiest way to stop these vibrations affecting others? Soundproofing of course.

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A bare floor surface is more resonant than one covered by a rug or carpet. These soft coverings and rugs will help soak up sounds and can also add a bit of style to an otherwise bare room. Wall coverings or window drapes can also be used to boost soundproofing and are simple to install and maintain.

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Finding and sealing any gaps around the room, think sockets, windows, light fittings and door frames, is also a straightforward task for a skilled DIY'er. You can find professional acoustic sealants in some builders merchants that moderate the transfer of sound by suppressing the sound waves. Acoustic sealants can be a touch more expensive than regular sealant products, but their impressive soundproofing qualities far outweigh the small extra cost.

For those of you who are redecorating a room or renovating a property, consider the soundproofing benefits of adding an extra layer of soundboard or plasterboard, (also called drywall, gyproc or sheet rock), whilst you are tackling the work. This is a relatively dense type of board that's a perfect and economic soundproofing material. If you are putting in a games room, study or home cinema then plasterboard can help to minimise sound transmission from and to that room, and can be decorated easily after completion. If you do decide to use plasterboard to aid your soundproofing exploits it is better to bring in a professional fitter in Dover, to get the maximum benefit from its installment.

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The final solution for do-it-yourself enthusiasts is to look at the doors within your property in Dover. Hollow doors are fairly cheap but their soundproofing qualities are a far cry from perfect. Solid core doors, while a little more pricey, can have a significant effect on the soundproofing qualities of a room.

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Some areas, for instance those on aircraft flight-paths or next to busy roads, naturally have more sound pollution issues and will require other ways to address the situation. You will get the very best soundproofing outcome by employing the services of an experienced soundproofing specialist.

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Be prepared to answer the following four questions during an investigation of your specific soundproofing requirements:

  1. What noise or sounds are you seeking to reduce? i.e. External things like neighbours, passing trains, traffic noise etc, or sounds within your home from a home cinema or teenagers bedroom.
  2. Where is the primary source of sound coming from? i.e. Overhead, through the walls, windows, doors, ceiling or floor, or a combination of everything.
  3. What is the size of the room or space that needs to be soundproofed?
  4. What is the area you wish to soundproof made from? (i.e. a stud partition wall, a lined concrete wall or a brick wall).

Your answers to these queries will enable you to receive quotes for the various available solutions to suit your requirements. Remedies will vary in accordance with the different materials required for each of the problem areas within your environment.

PROFESSIONAL SOUNDPROOFING OF FLOORS, WALLS and CEILINGS

There are 2 key areas that need to be addressed to successfully soundproof any room:

  1. Lower the effect of sound vibration, amplification and reflection by solid surfaces.
  2. Maximise the absorption of sound.

To effectively analyse the areas that need to be improved, an on-site survey must be performed by a local soundproofing company.

The team will figure out ways of adding materials with different densities and masses to increase the sound absorption qualities of the area. The use of acoustic rubbers and foams of different density and mass will help in absorbing noise and reduce transmission and reflection sources.

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Any noticeable voids in the area may need some form of deadening material to be installed between them to lessen noise resonation. If you imagine a drum for instance, you're looking at a noise increasing void surrounded by a resonating material; essentially what you might encounter inside floor and ceiling joists, or cavities in walls.

Mixed layers of differing mass and density materials work better at absorbing noise than a solitary layer of one material type. This is because the various different materials react better with various frequencies and will deliver a better acoustic resolution to your soundproofing.

All soundproofing installers in Dover must follow the regulations for residential buildings as laid out in Part E of the Building Regulations. Such regulations should be observed so as to protect yourself and neighbours from the harmful effects of noise pollution.

The Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) are trade bodies who offer training, qualifications and are representative of the very best in contractors and companies who provide soundproofing solutions. Any Dover contractor showing ANC or IOA accreditation has been appraised to ensure they provide the highest reliability, standards and quality of work within the soundproofing industry.

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Where is it Available?

Soundproofing is available in Dover and also in nearby places like: Church Hougham, Capel le Ferne, West Hougham, St Margarets at Cliffe, Alkham, Temple Ewell, River, Guston, Buckland, Tower Hamlets, Maxton, Ringwould, Swingate, Whitfield, Farthingloe, Shepherdswell, and in these postcodes CT16 1RE, CT16 1LS, CT16 1LE, CT16 1DH, CT16 1PH, CT16 1EU, CT16 1AJ, CT16 1PX, CT16 1HF, CT16 1RY. Local Dover soundproofing specialists will likely have the postcode CT16 and the telephone code 01304. Checking this can guarantee that you are accessing local tradesmen installing soundproofing. Dover homeowners will be able to utilise these and many other comparable services.

Soundproofing Underlay Dover

If you want to lower the noise experienced in your Dover property without causing too much disruption, you could think about installing some soundproofing underlay. These underlays can be successfully used on both wood and concrete floors, and beneath engineered wood, carpet, vinyl planks and laminate floor coverings.

Essentially, acoustic underlay can be a particularly helpful solution when your issue is for the most part impact noise and not an airborne noise problem. The increased popularity of hard floor surface finishes means that impact noise is becoming a rising problem for property owners in Dover. Upstairs rooms are the main source of such problems, with children stomping around, general foot traffic and shifting furniture being frequent worries.

You shouldn't confuse acoustic or soundproofing underlay with regular carpet underlay, although some unscrupulous carpet companies may try to palm you off with this claiming it has decent soundproofing benefits. If the noise problems you are experiencing are serious, be sure you buy a good quality acoustic underlay from a respected supplier.

While impact noise can be noticeably lowered through the use of acoustic underlay, it's got varying levels of success with regards to booming televisions, deafening music and shouting, and other airborne noise problems. Talking about the specific types of noise you're trying to lower with the supplier or soundproofing expert is essential, and this will help you choose the correct product for your needs.

Acoustic Mineral Wool

One of the handiest materials available for soundproofing homes and buildings in Dover, AMW (or acoustic mineral wool) has a number of applications for your sound absorption requirements. When installed in the cavity spaces of ceilings, walls and floors, acoustic grade mineral wool is specifically made to absorb airborne sound, dampen vibrations and enhance acoustic performance.

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Typically available in "slabs" of 600mm x 1200mm, AMW also comes in several thicknesses (25mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm). Acoustic mineral wool is safe to use in your house in Dover, as it is chemically inert and and is non-flammable, it is also eco-friendly being made partly with recycled materials. It doesn't have a reaction with any materials that it comes into contact with (i.e. masonry, plastics, brickwork, metal wall tiesetc), and does not encourage the development of bacteria, fungi or mould.

Widely used in the construction industry for its acoustic, thermal and fire insulation properties, AMW is particularly effective as a sound absorption infill when installed in the spaces between stud partitioning, suspended ceilings and flooring joists. In relation to separating floors and walls, and in order to observe Part E of the Building Regulations, acoustic mineral wool can be used in conjunction with other sound absorbing solutions.

Soundproofing Foam Dover

It would seem from carrying out some simple keyphrase research that a frequent search on Google and Yahoo is for "soundproofing foam" and for local people, "soundproofing foam Dover". This is rather confusing, as it indicates a basic lack of awareness by local people who seem to be under the impression that their noise issues can be resolved through the use of acoustic foam.

It is not a case of me trying to spoil your day, but the simple truth is that soundproofing foam isn't going to be the answer, and will certainly not eliminate the racket caused by noisy neighbours in Dover.

Often sold in sheet or tile form, this "egg box" shaped foam that you often see on sale is not actually designed for stopping the transmission of noise, but was actually developed for use in music studios and similar spaces, to improve the acoustic performance of a room, and help reduce resonation and echoing. This sort of soundproofing foam is not efficient at stopping sound from passing through a wall or preventing noise from travelling freely around the rooms of your house. Rather than stopping it, acoustic foam allows sound to pass through it, because it is actually porous.

It might be that you're actually building a music studio in your home in Dover, in which case this foam may be extremely useful for you. (Tags: Acoustical Foam Dover, Acoustic Foam Dover, Soundproofing Foam Dover, Soundproof Foam Dover).

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There are a wide array of tasks that can be conducted by your local Dover soundproofing specialist including acoustic glass, soundproofing home cinema rooms, soundproofing underlay, sound insulation in Dover, acoustic membranes, soundproofing services, acoustic services, soundproofing, independent ceiling systems, noisy neighbour soundproofing, soundproofing home gyms, sound testing, vibration control services Dover, soundproofing insulation, soundproofing rooms Dover, concrete floor soundproofing, party wall soundproofing services, commercial soundproofing, cheap soundproofing, dampen noise from downstairs in Dover, underfloor soundplank installations, soundproofing solutions, acoustic foam installation in Dover, noise reduction in Dover, acoustic thermal installation, resilient bar soundproofing, wall soundproofing services Dover, ceiling soundproofing in Dover, isonic hanger soundproofing, acoustic fencing, and lots more. Listed are just a small portion of the activities that are handled by those installing soundproofing. Dover specialists will be happy to inform you of their whole range of services.

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Sometimes it is difficult to estimate the amount of waste that is going to be generated when doing home improvements or property revamps in Dover. Whether or not a lot of waste is generated by your soundproofing will depend on the specifics of your particular project, sometimes there will be lots of waste, sometimes not much at all. Some soundproofing companies make allowances for the removal of waste when they prepare their quotes, and if this isn't mentioned ask if this is included, if not you will have to sort it out.

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Where there is quite a lot of waste, most householders in Dover choose to hire a skip. To suit your exact requirements, you can choose between a multitude of skip sizes. The volumes of the most widely used skip options are skip bags 1-1.5 yds, mini-skips 2-3 yds, midi-skips 4-5 yds, and builders skips 6-8 yds.

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Also find: Guston soundproofing, Shepherdswell soundproofing, Capel le Ferne soundproofing, River soundproofing, Alkham soundproofing, Whitfield soundproofing, St Margarets at Cliffe soundproofing, Tower Hamlets soundproofing, Church Hougham soundproofing, Swingate soundproofing, Buckland soundproofing, Ringwould soundproofing, Maxton soundproofing, Farthingloe soundproofing, Temple Ewell soundproofing, West Hougham soundproofing services and more. All of these locations are catered for by tradesmen fitting soundproofing. Dover home and property owners can get soundproofing estimates by going here.

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Soundproofing Around Dover: In the last year soundproofing projects were completed in these Dover streets: Brookside, Briar Close, Badgers Rise, Townsend Terrace, Coldblow, Churchill Street, Coxhill Crescent, Short Lane, Beresford Road, Beaconsfield Avenue, Camden Crescent, Cherry Grove, Chaucer Crescent, Tower Street, Athol Terrace, Stonehall, Churchill Close, Saxon Street, Biggin Street, The Front, Buckland Avenue, The Terrace, The Glen, Thanet View, Station Road, Cypress Grove, Brookfield Avenue, Beech Drive, Droveway Gardens, Taswell Close, and in these Kent postcodes: CT16 1RE, CT16 1LS, CT16 1LE, CT16 1DH, CT16 1PH, CT16 1EU, CT16 1AJ, CT16 1PX, CT16 1HF, CT16 1RY. Work was achieved in these places by installers of sounddproofing. Dover home and business owners received high quality and reliable soundproofing services.

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